Phonics/Reading Disaster...HELP!!!

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Phonics/Reading Disaster...HELP!!!

Postby kkapfe » Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:04 pm

Quick circumstances...My daughter went to private school for kindergarten and the first half of first grade. Her teacher in K said that she was an excellent reader. She caught on really quick. In 1st, her teacher said that she started doing a lot of guessing instead of sounding out her words. Since she has been home for the second half of 1st grade and this year in 2nd grade (we started 2 1/2 weeks ago), her phonics and reading have been a disaster. I'm at a complete loss as to what to do. I don't want her to have to go back to repeating everything she did in K as I think that would be a complete blow to her self esteem since her sister who is now in K is doing great. However, we can't keep at it like we are with temper tantrums EVERYDAY when it comes to reading. Her getting frustrated and giving up only makes me frustrated, which in turn makes her even more frustrated. As you can see, this is definitely nuts. Please help!!

What is something that we can use that will help us quickly recap what she's already learned without starting all over with curriculum 2 grade levels behind???

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Postby Lily » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:28 pm

Try starfall.com for her, and why not ask her to help teach her sister? When we teach, we reinforce what we know and understand it better.
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Postby mschickie » Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:11 pm

Starfall is a good site. You could also just spend sometime having her read out loud to you. There are also tons of software like Clifford's reading that might help her catch up.

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Postby elliemaejune » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:19 pm

Spalding. It teaches dc to read by teaching them to spell, so you'd be killing two birds with one stone without seeming to be backing up.

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suggestion

Postby roma » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:16 am

I work with children who are haveing trouble like your daughter is having.

Here is an article that will help, and you will be able to follow a link at the end for more help.

http://www.ezinearticles.com/?id=1983272
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Postby gardening momma » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:02 pm

Did she learn sight reading in school? How about using a phonics-based reading curriculum like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (this is what we used), Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading, Phonics Museum, Sing, Spell, Read & Write, Writing Road to Reading, etc? Perhaps using a different phonics program than what you're using for your younger daughter would be good--then the older one won't feel so much that she's doing kindergarten work.

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Postby Buggzz » Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:53 am

gardening momma wrote:Did she learn sight reading in school? How about using a phonics-based reading curriculum like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (this is what we used), Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading, Phonics Museum, Sing, Spell, Read & Write, Writing Road to Reading, etc? Perhaps using a different phonics program than what you're using for your younger daughter would be good--then the older one won't feel so much that she's doing kindergarten work.


That is a point I was going to make. One of my kids was struggling with reading in the early years. I spent time teaching him reading, but because he was learning whole language at the gov't school, sounding out words became confusing.
Another aspect of that is, his ability to hear clearly and ennunciate properly, to have the words be sounded out correctly.
It wasn't until we took him out of school that he got better.

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Postby Jill » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:56 am

This is another good program that teaches them to read by teaching them to spell.

https://marierippel.infusionsoft.com/go/home/hbdspell/

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Postby readinghelper1831 » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:24 pm

you need to view going back and review and reinforcement rather than setting your child back two years. If your child was taught in a way other than phonemic awareness skills followed by phonics instruction it is possible that he or she is really confused right now. Starting with a workbook and little readers to practice decoding, but allow the child to write creatively and draw pictures will be fun review, if not instruction for your child. Followed up by an application chapter book and skill book, she should be on track again and reading independently above grade level. Try the following Web site to checkout their skill books (they are called reading secrets levels E and F). The following link will take you there. Good luck!

http://magicpennyreading.org/a/Materials/


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